Restore Backups with GFI Backup Home Edition

January 28, 2011, By Christian Cawley

GFI Backup Home Edition is a great freeware utility from GFI that provides an enterprise-level backup solution for home use, free of charge.

restore backups with GFI Backup Home Edition

Creating a backup with this utility is extremely simple thanks to an easy to use wizard, but what happens to the data when it is backed up? Can the data be browsed, and how easy is it to restore data that has previously been backed up?

Moving onto the second main feature of GFI Backup Home Edition, this tutorial examines how to run a restore task, enabling you to retrieve lost or corrupted data and save it to your PC.

Viewing Backed Up Data in GFI Backup Home Edition

After a backup is made, you will be presented with a summary notification, informing you that the backup has been successful (or otherwise).

Here you will see statistics about the backup, the time taken to create it, the number of files processed and backed up and its new compressed size. A more detailed log can also be checked which outlines where you saved your data to, just in case you forgot!

To view the backed up data, browse to the backup location and open the file with the name assigned by GFI Backup Home Edition – by default this is the name of your Windows PC.

Opening this will reveal 3 files, with the extension .GBT, . Z01 and .ZIP – data can be opened from the .ZIP file, whereas the other two files are present to provide a repository for data that cannot normally be compressed.

However checking your backed up data in this way is only really for confirming that your documents were backed up as intended. GFI Backup Home Edition has a fully functional restore tool to enable you to restore complete backup jobs or individual files and folders.

Restoring Data with GFI Backup Home Edition

Via the Restore button you can begin a new task, using the Restore an entire backup or the Restore individual files and folders options.

Choosing the first takes you to a restore summary screen displaying a recent backup task name, creation date and last backup date, or you can select from a previous backup by browsing for the .GBT file which must be accompanied by a .ZIP archive.

Using the Restore button you can restore the data back to where it originated, or use Restore To… to send the data to a new location.

Selecting the Restore individual files and folders option will allow you to find an individual file or folder in your backup to restore to its original location or a new location of your choice. This is done by selecting the backup task and then expanding the folders in the Items in Task view until you find the data you’re looking for. Right-click this and select Restore to send it back to its original location (overwriting the later file with the same name) or Restore To… to send the backed up file or folder to a new location.

Another feature of GFI Backup Home Edition is the ability to sync data between two devices, which we’ll look at in the next tutorial.

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